Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment increased by 110 in December to 18,400 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 430 jobs was expected for the month, but the county shed only 320 jobs. Private sector employment dropped by 330 jobs, and government employment rose by 10. Leisure and hospitality lost 200 jobs and food manufacturing shed 60 jobs. Construction cut 40 jobs over the month. Other industries had smaller changes. December’s total nonfarm employment was 50 less than one year before, a drop of 0.3 percent.
The private sector cut 10 jobs, and government employment fell by 40. Industries adding the most jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality (+90), financial activities (+50), and construction (+50). Local government education added 30 jobs over the year. Private education and health services cut 90 jobs over the year and retail trade shed 70. Lincoln County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in December, essentially the same as the previous month (4.8%), but lower than the year before (5.2%). The rate was higher than the statewide rate (4.1%) and the national rate (4.1%).
Information provided by Oregon Employment Department